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Online "Aspie" quizzes

November 11, 2019

I cringe.
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Online autism quizzes are the fastest route to pathologising a person and completely overlooking an identity and culture.
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They’re based on behaviour and a superficial understanding of what being autistic encompasses.
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In my own experience, I missed so much of the many aspects of my autistic expression because I was still heavily masking.
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Had you asked me the same year of my first diagnosis whether I struggled with sensory input, I’d have answered no.
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I just didn’t have the understanding of my own experience of the world without it being heavily conditioned and undiscovered.
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Autism is so much more than a pathology, a list of criteria, a medical diagnosis.
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The autistic community works hard to overcome prejudices and judgements, misunderstandings and misconceptions around autism and those quizzes just blow it all out of the water.
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Give yourself time.
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Read, talk to autistic adults, journal.
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Tune into your truth, your reality, no matter how silly it may feel to begin with.
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Try not to let the opinions, thoughts, fears and insecurities of others interfere with your experience of life and who you are.
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Many autistic people will not even receive a diagnosis due to the rigidity of current criteria and our focus on behaviour and outward appearance.
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Listen to your heart; your soul.
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Make friends with yourself, raw and authentically.
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Take your time.
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But please, don’t allow or rely on an online test to tell you who you are.
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Being autistic is a sacred way of being in this world and is far more expansive than criteria or questionnaires.

 

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